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Bomb Squad Blows Up Box of Kittens

October 28, 1986

RAMONA, Calif. (AP) _ Sheriff’s deputies called to investigate a suspicious package decided that it held a rattlesnake and blew it up, then learned that the box contained kittens.

″It freaked everyone out,″ Sgt. Conrad Grayson said of the deaths of the three kittens Monday.

A fourth kitten was unharmed in the explosion and has since been named Lucky. Veterinarian Peggy Fischer said a bomb squad member offered to adopt the animal.

According to Grayson, a member of the sheriff’s arson bomb squad, deputies were called Monday morning to investigate a sealed cardboard box left outside the Home Savings of America office on Main Street.

An X-ray showed that the box contained a ″soft shape, something with bones, like it might have been a rattlesnake,″ he said.

Heightening deputies’ suspicions was a recent incident in which a man left a box containing a rattlesnake at his mother’s house in Ramona, Grayson said. The man recently pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon.

Officer decided the safest thing to do was blow up the box, Grayson said.

Larry Boersma, a spokesman for the San Diego Humane Society, said an investigation by the Society determined the incident was regrettable but unavoidable under the circumstances.

″I don’t think there was any maliciousness,″ he said.

Grayson said it’s not known who left the box or why.

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